A main complaint people have had about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is that they never really kill off any of their heroes. Think about it. The biggest one they’ve killed was Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And he was introduced that movie. You could argue that Agent Coulson’s death was huge but they also retconned it to bring him back for the — stellar — Agents of SHIELD TV show.
Anyway, the death of Yondu in the most recent Guardians of the Galaxy got Honest Trailers to step in… Watch their most recent episode here:
As they so expertly point out, Yondu was a retconned villain from the first film who, while personally connected to Peter, was mostly threatening to A) eat B) kill C) kill then eat Peter for turning on him and his fellow Ravagers. While his turn in Volume 2 didn’t really feel forced, it was mainly done to manipulate the audience into catching feelings for the red mohawk.
So when he died at the end, it became a more impactful death. That’s not to say it was a bad move, it’s just that many of us didn’t expect to leave the theaters swallowing our tears in a movie about a sentient baby tree and a trash talking/eating raccoon. So, per usual, the ladies and gents over at Honest Trailers knocked it out of the park! Let’s just hope they don’t run into James Gunn like they did the writer of the first Thor movie… That got awkward, fast.
Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off, there hasn’t been a lot of negative things anybody can say about the movies. Nearing 20 in number, none have yet to score a “bad” or certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, it doesn’t mean they’ve released perfect movies either. Some of their musical scores have been criticized as unoriginal — compare them to the work Hans Zimmer has down for Warner Brothers/DC.
There is also the so-called “villain problem” MCU creators hope to rectify with next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Pretty much every MCU offering has been building towards a clash with the Purple Titan himself, Thanos. And rumors suggest a big name is kicking the superhero bucket next year!